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Robbie

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07/1/2008
15:17:23
...is here. Starts Saturday 12th on ITV1 at 9.05pm.

Hosted by Paul Merton, it lasts an hour and the first guests are Fern Britton, Ben Miller, John Thomson, and \"up-and-coming Australian comic, Hamish Blake.\" Apparently Clive Anderson is on a future show.

I\'ll check it out, but I don\'t have high hopes, to be honest.
Gilligan


07/1/2008
16:12:49
Hopefully the formula will be different than the US
version. The actual improv was very limited and the
show therefore did rather poorly. In a nutshell, it
didn\'t deliver as advertised. Those who knew improv
\"as it should be\" were very disappointed.

I wish Paul good luck!
Jonathan


11/1/2008
00:12:11
Thanks to \'other\' Lucy I got to see tonight\'s recording - with the line up above - and it was very good indeed, surprisingly so.

Yes, the scenes were clearly scripted, but once you get over that \"impro textbook\" thing the show itself was a lot of fun. The only times when the script seemed to jar with what the guest said was in Paul\'s scene, once when the response to something Paul said ended up being obvious but funny, and once where the response to Paul just made no sense.

A bit of swearing and lots of brand names mentioned, be interesting to see how ITV copes with that.

But, just to repeat, very enjoyable and I hope it works as well on screen.
Luce


11/1/2008
09:59:20
Have to agree, it was really enjoyable.
I thought all the guests very good, but I was pleasantly surprised by Fern who I thought was very funny.

As Jon said, not sure if the odd bit will have to be cut, but it is on after the watershed, so I hope not.

Nightingale


13/1/2008
11:14:32
Caught this last night when we were round at a friend\'s house. Fern for the win! (Which she certainly deserved!) She was great.

Ben Miller was like a rabbit in headlights for the whole show though, I felt a bit sorry for him!

My favourite bits (apart from Fern\'s scene) were the little segments with the jockeys and the dating agency. It was easier to make those entertaining with cuts than it was the scenes if people floundered a bit.
Robbie


13/1/2008
14:20:33
Hmm. I did enjoy it but found it very annoying!

The flaws were summed up when Fern was asked to provide a name for her character and was then contradicted - the restrictive nature of a scene really showing through.

Similarly, when Paul tried to take his scene in a different direction there was a fleeting look of panic on the other actors faces.

I thought Ben Miller was quite good - at least he tried doing punchlines rather than just answering the questions. But, yes, Fern was best.

And what exactly is the role of \"Cast Producer Lee Simpson\"?
Lizzlie


13/1/2008
15:29:33
Damn, missed it!!
And Lee was involved??
Cast producer- sounds like he has to produce the cast! Like pulling rabbits out of a hat!
Jonathan


13/1/2008
23:15:53
I didn\'t understand why Fern was contradicted when she named herself, being called Madam Olga, rather than Madam Gordon, had no bearing on the rest of the plot.

On other occassions I can see how it is necessary. But it would be good if the performers could bring the story back on line by making the guests look good, rather than silly. That worked quite well in the SF sketch, where Ben\'s new mission of \"shop till we drop\" was treated with a positive \"I see what you mean, we\'re going to attack the Zorg\" (which Ben then supported with a justification), rather than in Paul\'s sketch his Igor Stravinski identification was just dismissed, rather than having a line like \"Ah yes, you worked out the brilliant cover story of arch villian Professor Bad\".

It reminds me of the game in Whose Line where someone read alternate lines from a script and the improviser had to fill in the gaps, there was no taking the scene in a different direction because they knew the next scripted line was coming next.
Jonathan


14/1/2008
18:08:28
Hamish Blake, Clive Anderson, Sally Lindsey from Coronation Street and Michael McIntyre are the guests apparently this week - wonder if Hamish is going to be a regular?
bron

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14/1/2008
19:47:52
I missed it!
Were there ANY trailers on the TV at all?? I\'d have set my dvd player if I\'d have known... annoying...
I had a pal who was in the US one, he had a ball... i enjoyed the US one, but then again, you had to take it for what it was in a way I suppose, most US improv shows on TV are big and bold and brassy (\'World Cup Comedy\' etc).

I will certainly try and watch this week....
Robbie


14/1/2008
22:08:42
I caught a few trailers and I barely watch ITV or much live telly at all nowadays. They were really plugging the Saturday Comedy line-up.

It got 2.9m viewers (about half what Harry Hill got).
Occy


15/1/2008
00:40:59
God you guys KNOW who Hamish is? LOL - TGYH is very good here - seamless most of the time as long as the person doing it isnt a total tool.
Luce


15/1/2008
09:47:56
You can watch it on www.ITV.com
Jen


16/1/2008
16:21:50
I enjoyed it but the scripted actors are slightly annoying.

Continuing the Fern Britton/ITV theme, Paul will be on This Morning tomorrow.
Robbie


16/1/2008
16:28:20
This Morning? Spot the student! ;-)
Jen


17/1/2008
20:24:18
Hehe, yes...well I missed it cos I was in an exam (the downside of student life...)
bron


18/1/2008
13:07:25
where is it on itv.com? I can\'#t find it
Jonathan


18/1/2008
13:27:24
Saw the second recording last night. Performers seemed feistier, creating more content and it looked a tough job for the actors do their role. The autocue was at a much better height too!

Clive was very good, \'er off Corrie who I don\'t know seemed to be giving it a good go, but the scenario was less comic than the others. Hamish was funny, but it was strange to see him again. I know he\'s done the Oz version, but the premise seems to be regular celeb does \"out of their depth\" scene. Seeing Hamish again made him look like one of the regular cast, who should be \"professional\", though I see he\'s not on next week. That said, it was a good scene with at least one moment of genius. Didn\'t warm to Michael Macintyre so wasn\'t really willing him to do well. I liked both Paul\'s and the group scene more than last week\'s.

Even though the guests were \'feistier\' as mentioned, there was only one bit where there was silly contradiction.

Robbie


18/1/2008
14:29:14
Bron,

The show the show might be here but as their catchup doesn\'t work on a Mac I can\'t check.

Show is at 9pm tomorrow, but 10pm next week.
bron


19/1/2008
23:08:25
doesnt\' seem to be

Watched it tonight and really enjoyed it!! Thought Clive and Sally were great! Michael was completely lost... John hadgigged with him before and seen his stand up and suggested that one line that he used was acutally from his set...

But, having seen the US version, I would have to say this was so much better! And as much as I love to see as much Dave Foley as anyone, I think it was a good call to get rid of the judge aspect of the show,.
Robbie


20/1/2008
23:55:16
I thought it was better than last week, but still a bit annoying. Sally Lindsey was good, but her role was simpler than, say, an RAF commander.

As for using jokes from their sets - well, yes. If you\'re the only one doing punchlines in a cast of 8 you\'ll say anything to get through. Clive used a very old joke at the start of his scene.
Jonathan


21/1/2008
13:06:18
I enjoyed the TV version, but I was frustrated by the editing more this time - there was a little speech by Clive that wasn\'t a quick feedline and funny response, but was quite emotive and got a good round of applause on the night. Because the recording started earlier, but finished same time as before, I\' m guessing the scenes might have been allowed to go on longer, but they\'ve cut more out.

I\'m probably not going to future recordings, so hopefully from next week I won\'t know what I\'m not missing! It is definitely something that is better at the studio, as opposed to various panel show recordings I\'ve been to where the tv show is the cream.

On the judging thing - it already feels a little rushed in the scenes, so I\'m glad time isn\'t being taken up with the judge, but it does mean each scene is being called a success. On a show like Dancing on Ice or X Factor they\'re not afraid of saying \"that\'s crap\".

It seems like every scene recorded on TGYH will end up getting shown (even WL dropped games that didn\'t work), so either some have got to be said to be not as good, or everyone will be said to be good, in which case it takes away from the idea that the scenes are in any way hard for the guest and the viewer might end up being annoyed they are told something is good that they didn\'t like.


Lizzlie


22/1/2008
22:00:57
Well I\'ve finally seen the first episode, and Lee\'s involvement makes sense having recognised several of the actors from Improbable productions!
I do agree with Fern Britton\'s win, she was very enjoyable! Overall it was fun, but does lack something. I\'m going to the filming in a couple of weeks so I\'ll be interested to see the unedited version.
Jonathan


04/2/2008
13:01:53
Enjoyed all four performers this week and Paul\'s scene too. The \"Pamela\" misnaming thing seem just a slip and it was funny when picked up on.

I don\'t know why the chappy who played the man in the towel and the other DJ keeps rejecting names - he rejected the name given to him in the Party scene and then changed the name of the DJ
Nightingale


04/2/2008
14:30:25
Yes, there\'s still a lot of blocking of unecessary details going on - not so much in the first couple of scenes, in fact, I was just saying how much better it was for that this week when they started doing it again!

Personally I\'d have gone for Phil as the winner again this week, or possibly Vernon if they didn\'t want Phil to win two weeks running. The standard was high this week though.
Robbie


04/2/2008
14:59:20
I\'d have -surprisingly- gone for Vernon to win.

Fairly decent this week (including Paul\'s best scene - possibly because he was a bit more forceful) but that bloke who contradicts the names is really driving me mad! If the guests are supposed to have a name, don\'t ask them to pick one themselves. It ain\'t rocket science!
Lizzlie


07/2/2008
23:51:51
Thanks to Luce, I saw the recording of this tonight and very much enjoyed it! Guests were Lee Mack, Claudia Winkelman, Richard Wilson and Rufus Hound. They were all actually very funny! I\'m not going to give anything away, I\'ll post further after it\'s been broadcast, but suffice to say i agree with the choice of winner.
Oh, and you may spot a familiar face in the background during the pre-recorded \'waiters in posh restaurant\' bit!!

Jonathan


08/2/2008
02:35:00
It is Lee, isn\'t it.
Rebecca


08/2/2008
03:50:41
Clever Jonathan.


Luce


08/2/2008
12:42:30
Glad you enjoyed it Lizzlie, I could have gone in the end, but not to worry. I will certainly watch it tomorrow (or Sunday on the website)!

Jonathan


10/2/2008
14:32:38
I thought this week\'s was particularly good, all four guests were good, Richard Wilson picked up probably the one awkward sticking to the script moment and made it funny, Paul\'s scene was great and his hosting seemed very relaxed and natural. And then the Hitchcockian presence of Lee in the background. I don\'t know what they were saying on that table but he seemed to have a seated swagger.
Nightingale


10/2/2008
20:08:33
It was certainly an enjoyable show - but then they seem to be improving each week. I thought they all did well but Richard Wilson and Rufus(?) were particularly good and Rufus definitely deserved that win. He was excellent and had a strong character right from the start. I look forward to the next one. :o)
Jonathan


13/2/2008
17:38:57
Anyone going tomorrow?
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